Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car
Bill Braack

Jet Car

Topping out at speeds approaching 400 mph, the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car makes quite an entrance at an air show.

The Jet Car has a Westinghouse J34-48 jet engine that was originally used in the North American Buckeye T-2A aircraft, with 10,000 pounds of thrust. It can go from zero to 300 mph in less than six seconds.

Engine: Westinghouse J34-48. Originally used in the North American Buckeye T-2A aircraft.
Horsepower: 10,000
Thrust: 6,000 pounds with afterburner
Chassis: 4130 Chrome-moly construction, 240-inch wheelbase
Front Wheels: 15-inch diameter, 5-inches wide
Rear Wheels: 15-inch diameter, 10-inches wide
Body: Aluminum and magnesium
Cockpit: Custom-built single seat designed and built to fit the driver
Weight: 2,300 pounds
Length: 26 feet
Fuel: Two 20-gallon fuel cells; 40 gallons of diesel fuel used each performance
Acceleration Speeds: Approaching 400 mph
Safety Equipment: Two ring-slot parachutes (one 14 1/2 ft. and one 16 ft.); one on-board fire extinguisher system

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